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[mini news] Amidst the October 2018 Apple event, they quietly added Radeon Vega as a discrete GPU option for the 15” MacBook Pro

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Sources: Ars Technica, Apple 

 

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Apple claims the new GPUs will provide up to 60 percent better graphical performance than the existing offerings. Currently, the best GPU available in a MacBook Pro is the Radeon Pro 560X. 

 

Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards are already available in Apple's iMac Pro, a machine designed for creative professionals and power users. Offering Vega graphics cards (like the Vega 16 and 20 CPUs) in the MacBook Pros brings more consistency to the high-end Mac lineup, as well as the graphics power some users need to complete complex and creative projects.

 

Apple hasn't announced pricing for the new MacBook Pro models yet, but they will be available to order in November.

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It’s nice that Apple is finally giving the MacBook Pro some good GPU options because at the moment it’s maxed out to a Radeon Pro 560X which is just an “okay” GPU according to reviews. But again, this is an Apple product so don’t expect it to be cheap. 

 

I just wish they’ll offer a MacBook Pro with Touch ID but without the Touchbar because the short time I used a friend’s 2016 MBP, the touchbar slows down my workflow like when editing a spreadsheet in Excel. Instead of just hitting F2 to edit a cell, I have to do press the Function key, then touch F2 on the touchbar. 

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I'm happy for AMD pulling in some of that market share. 

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Why only 4gb memory? How does it stack up against the GTX 1070 Max Q of the Razer Blade 15?

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8 minutes ago, avg123 said:

Why only 4gb memory? How does it stack up against the GTX 1070 Max Q of the Razer Blade 15?

It doesn't really...
The razer blade is a gaming laptop, this isn't made for gaming

EDIT: I got confused with another card, but I wouldn't be surpirsed if the vega 20 hovered around the 1070, but won't be beating it massively at all

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14 minutes ago, avg123 said:

Why only 4gb memory? How does it stack up against the GTX 1070 Max Q of the Razer Blade 15?

Because that is a single HBM stack...... Its a lot more power efficient compared to GDDR5

 

Also this is Vega 20. Not Vega 56 or 64.

 

There is quite the difference there.......

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25 minutes ago, avg123 said:

Why only 4gb memory? How does it stack up against the GTX 1070 Max Q of the Razer Blade 15?

Money. And I'm not sure if there are many use cases where it's bottlenecked by memory capacity.

10 minutes ago, GoldenLag said:

Because that is a single HBM stack...... Its a lot more power efficient compared to GDDR5

 

Also this is Vega 20. Not Vega 56 or 64.

 

There is quite the difference there.......

Single stacks go up to 8 GB if necessary.

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1 minute ago, Trixanity said:

Single stacks go up to 8 GB if necessary.

Well, its bot like you need more than 4GB for what you are doing on a MAC

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58 minutes ago, GoldenLag said:

Well, its bot like you need more than 4GB for what you are doing on a MAC

I covered that in my post.

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Just now, Trixanity said:

I covered that in my post.

Ik, i noticed after i posted my responce

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I already covered this :3

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